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Reducing concussions starts with practice

Playing sports is the fifth-most-common cause for concussions in the general population. However, for young people ages 15-24, sports are the second-highest cause for concussions, only trailing auto accidents.

Over the last 11 years, the number of concussions in high school sports has increased by an average of 15.5 percent each year, according to theMedStar Health Research Institute study published in 2011. In a study done by the Centers for Disease Control in 2011, concussions accounted for nearly 15 percent of all sports-related injuries in high schools.

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Concussions in youth sports: Plenty of risk, not enough education

Lindy McDonald is a driven, scrappy point guard, shooting guard and power forward so it’s no surprise her first concussion happened on the basketball court.

Playing for her Horizon Christian School seventh-grade team, she went up for a rebound at the same time as an opponent from King’s Way Christian. They bumped heads.

One and a half years later, the 14-year-old from Wilsonville is slowly recovering from her third concussion at the same time that such blows to the head, their prevention and treatment are making national news and local impact:

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Concussions, Children and Sports – Know the Risks

As summer comes to a close, pre-season football practices are in full swing. Here in Charlottesville, the University of Virginia football team is practicing, as are high school and youth teams. The NFL is in full swing and we are all abuzz about fall sports. With any sporting activities come risks, including more serious ones like traumatic brain injuries.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) have become more a part of the discussion of football related injuries in the past five years or so. But TBIs, which include concussions, are not unique to football. They happen in many sports and can occur in everyday falls and accidents. The biggest risk of a sports-related head injury may not be the immediate headache or loss of consciousness, but the prolonged effects and symptoms that can show up for months and even years later. Sometimes, that concussion your 12 year-old sustains in youth football could lead to symptoms later on in life.

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Purdue University Studies Concussion Risks For Girls

Science is intent on studying the downsides of concussions in football, but now Purdue University researchers are focusing on the lasting impacts of head injuries in girls soccer.

In an American Journal of Sports Medicine study from 2008 to 2010, girls soccer finished right behind football as the sport with the most reported concussion cases.

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